The Girdwood Board of Supervisors is moving forward to develop a contract with Whittier police as the deadline for Alaska State Troopers to leave the area draws closer. Proposition nine, which would allow residents to raise taxes to pay for police protection, passed by only two votes in the last election, and already a for request for a recount has been submitted.


Starting in July, troopers will no longer cover the area because of budget cuts. To replace their protection, the Girdwood Board of Supervisors wants to station two Whittier officers in Girdwood for the next three years. The cost would be roughly $610,000 annually, an increase of about $350 in taxes for the owner of a $300,000 home.


Some residents are concerned about the tax increase and fear there would be too much police presence in Girdwood if the plan goes though.


The Girdwood Board of Supervisors only has about two months to work out the details.


“The question is how much, what’s it going to look like, and will it be compatible with a small community?” asked Sam Daniel, co-chair of the Girdwood Board of Supervisors. “What we don’t want is the officers sitting and writing tickets all day long. We do want people not to speed up and down the highway, we do want people who are drunk driving to be pulled over and prosecuted, and we do want response late at night.”


A public meeting is scheduled in Girdwood on Monday, April 25 to discuss the outcome of proposition nine. The Municipality of Anchorage has seven days to respond to the request for a recount. A recount costs $100 per precinct, and three precincts are being recounted.


Before a contract with Whittier police is finalized, the Girdwood Board of Supervisors plans to send a letter to the governor, asking him to keep the Girdwood trooper post open using state funds.


KTVA 11’s Shannon Ballard can be reached via email and on Facebook and Twitter. Daniella Rivera contributed additional reporting.